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Microsoft Gets Into CD, DVD Copy Protection
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2003-01-23
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Microsoft says it's added CD and DVD copy protection to its roster of products with a "toolkit" which, "allows content owners such as music labels and movie studios to set up specific business rules around usage to protect their intellectual property."

Its Windows Media Data Session Toolkit technology is, "a new component of Windows Media 9 Series that enables media companies to securely create and deliver content via a second session in various formats including CDs and DVDs," it says.

Bottom line, the kit gives Hollywood the means to make content playable only by designated systems.

"CDs and DVD offerings created using Windows Media Data Session Toolkit include a protected second session, which includes a version of the 'red book' audio encoded using Windows Media Audio," says Microsoft. "The protected second session can be played back when loaded or downloaded onto a PC."

This second session includes packaged Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) content.

"For example," says Microsoft, "content owners could set up rules to allow a consumer unlimited playback of content from a CD or DVD on their PC and give them the ability to transfer content to a portable device.

"Entire second session digital offerings also could be made available for direct downloading via the Web. In addition, content providers can offer content or capabilities that are only available in second sessions."

Microsoft adds that companies which have already decided to use this latest tool to force people to use entertainment industry offerings include MPO, the world's largest 'independent' CD maker, Universal Music Group, EMI Recorded Music and SunnComm which it describes as, "a Leader in Digital Content Security."

SOURCE: p2pnet.net


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